Year 4

Year 4

Our fantastic Year 4 topics cover a wealth of exciting learning journeys that the children will love to engage in.

English lessons are based around rich and engaging texts covering a wide range of genres. Through the study of such genres, the children will gain an invaluable collection of skills to embed within their own writing. This foundation, alongside regular grammar, spelling and handwriting lessons, is the perfect combination to further enhance English skills and knowledge. 

Reading in Year 4 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions. 

Children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, through their own choice of authors and genres from our extensive library, which increases their vocabulary and spelling skills to add to the valuable work that we carry out in class. Each child in Year 5 will receive a reading book which will be matched to their ability. From this, the children will gain a deeper understanding of the texts. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to quiz on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.

Our new maths scheme, ‘Maths No Problem’ is a real hands-on approach to maths, with children using practical equipment to represent, replicate and solve problems. With a variety of different stages to the lessons, the children are able to develop a wide range of skills, including the ability to achieve a greater understanding of maths.

What their teacher says:

I’m delighted to welcome my new class back as Year 4. We are looking forward to another year full of learning and fun!
Mr Ratton

The autumn term

We start the term with our first exciting topic, Invasion, where we will sail back to the Dark Ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. We will find out about the life of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. We will meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before had such terror swept the land. Let’s keep it cool – we don’t want a fight breaking out! We want to shine a light on the dangerous dark ages!

After this, we are travelling back to 1066, probably the most famous date in English history. These are troubled times and there is danger afoot. A much-loved king is dead and a French Duke has staked a claim for our kingdom. Our class will discover a changing England, shaped by shires, protected by castles and ruled by foreign knights. We will use the famous Bayeux Tapestry to explore the significant events of 1066. What happened when, and how did William of Normandy come to be called the Conqueror? We will conclude the term by designing a castle with defences strong enough to hold back the enemy.


Curriculum and knowledge organisers

What the children say:

I am really looking forward to learning about the Vikings. (Frazer) I am looking forward to completing homework based on my topic. (Oscar) I can’t wait to use lots of different types of equipment in PE. (Millie)